Coffee drinkers, prepare yourself; we’ve been drinking java at the worst time for our bodies!
While coffee wakes you up first thing in the morning, it may be putting a damper on your internal alert system. You may have heard of the hormone cortisol. It gets released when you are stressed as part of your “fight or flight” response. One of cortisol’s effects is to increase your alertness.
Well one of three peak times of the day for cortisol’s release is when you wake up. That means when you add caffeine not only is the caffeine effect reduced, but your internal rhythms are thrown into tamping down your alertness.
The optimal time to drink that cup of Joe is one hour after waking. We know… but it’s better than developing a tolerance to coffee, right? By the way, the other two peak times cortisol is released are between noon and one p.m. and 5:50 to 6:30 p.m.
Source: Fox News